Happy Halloween

Halloween SpiderJust in time for Halloween, this gal built an elaborate nest in a small maple sapling. When I saw her she was just inches away from my face, causing me to jump back in surprise. “Oh! Hello there!” She didn’t seem bothered by my curiosity and photo-taking.

Fall cobwebs


Spider in leafy nest

Guarding the nest

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86 Responses to Happy Halloween

  1. Very cool – the colour and the curl of the leaves in the first photo make it appear that the spider has hollowed out a pumpkin!

  2. MK says:

    Perfect photos for Halloween!
    And Happy Birthday to you!

  3. tonytomeo says:

    That just reminded me that it is Halloween tomorrow. I should have written about spiders too.

  4. TechFlax says:

    Happy Halloween

  5. Kris P says:

    Eeek! Great capture. And, as MK has spilled the beans, happy birthday!

  6. Alice Pratt says:

    Eliza: is your Birthday on Halloween? Happy Day! ๐ŸŽˆ. I feel like, most often, animals “know” that you are not going to harm them, and don’t “bother” us.

  7. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous photos (and header too – I’m always impressed by that!) I love spiders, they seem friendly to me but yours has a bit of Halloween menace to him. And Happy Birthday – glad I just happened to stop by and say it!

  8. Christina says:

    There seem to be less spiders and other insects trying to get into the house this autumn; worrying as it is probably due to the new farmer who sprays insecticide on a regular basis. I’ve found it hard to kill the caterpillars on my brasicas because I know all the cabbage whites outside the garden are under terrible threat.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It must be hard to have to deal with that so close by. I’d worry about my well water. Runoff can be a big problem – sigh.

      • Christina says:

        That is our worry too Eliza. We only have well water. The water table is low. Our well is about 80 metres deep, but eventually the chemicals will filter down to it. Sadly there is very little we can do.

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  10. seedbud says:

    PERFECT! Happy Halloween!!

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  12. Jewels says:

    Wow, what a find! I’m terrified of spiders, truly, but I also find them completely fascinating. Happy Halloween Eliza! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Such a powerful image for today! I feel awakened!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. A Happy Halloween to you too, wonderful photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Val Boyko says:

    Beautifully scary!

  16. Very Halloween. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go look at less scary pictures!

  17. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Happy Halloween birthday! She’s a beautiful spider and perfect for the day!

  18. Happy Birthday, Halloween baby! The spider is perfect for today, glad she didn’t get in your hair!

  19. Brian Skeys says:

    The webs and the spiders are on the door here ready to greet tonight’s visitors ๐Ÿ•ท๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ’€

  20. InfiniteZip says:

    happy birthday and what a scary yet thrilling shot โค

  21. Chloris says:

    Wow, spooky spider. Is he venomous?

  22. Jane Lurie says:

    Wow! Fascinating photos! Happy Halloween and thanks for the perfect images for the day.

  23. Widdershins says:

    Looks like she’s got a nice overhanging veranda there too … against inclement weather. ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Will she spend the winter there minding the nest?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Sadly, she is gone. A lot of our spiders do not overwinter. Her offspring are on their own to hatch in spring.

      • Murtagh's Meadow says:

        This summer i found a whole cluster of what most have been newly hatched spiders. They were all grouped together, a few brave ones setting out on their own.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Always makes me this of the book “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White. Are you familiar with it?

      • Murtagh's Meadow says:

        Yes from childhood. Haven’t read it to my children yet, but one I know we should read.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Such a classic! I loved ‘Stuart Little’ especially. Appealed to the young adventurer in me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Another favorite was ‘Cricket in Times Square’ by George Seldon – there are so many good kid’s books.

      • Murtagh's Meadow says:

        I think I may have seen animation of Cricket in Times Square, but don’t recall ever reading it. Will have to see if they have it in the library:)

  25. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Ps. Just reading the comments i see it is also your birthday. Very best wishes.

  26. Neat bit of webbing! Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday

  27. Christy B says:

    She knows it’s Halloween, perhaps, and wanted to seize her photo opportunity ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy Halloween and happy birthday too!

  28. Robbie says:

    Happy Halloween and Birthday too! She is a beauty and not a tiny spider!!! nice capture

  29. arlingwoman says:

    It’s always amazing how close you can get to one of these without noticing. I guess that’s why they catch so many bugs!

  30. Great post and pics … and yes, fitting for the season!

  31. naturebackin says:

    I love the photos, and best birthday wishes from me too. Sorry a bit belated – I am struggling to manage my time …

  32. ladyfi says:

    Fabulous shots!

  33. Great shots Eliza, I would have been far outta there! ๐Ÿ™‚ Screaming, of course!

  34. Denzil says:

    Does she have a leg missing Eliza? I can only count seven, but perhaps one is hiding underneath her.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Good eye, Denzil, I noticed that too. One might be curled under, or she may have lost one in a close encounter. Being high protein, birds like to eat spiders. A few days later, she was gone, whether by the frost or as prey. Such is nature.

  35. They are always so fascinating

  36. Maria says:

    What nice colors!

  37. Kathy Sturr says:

    You almost, almost, make me want to pet that spider! What a great surprise! Wonderful photos Eliza.

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